Adding texture to your home is an emerging trend that gives depth and warmth to any room. The textures you use can be anything you like, from embossed tiles to natural fabrics and furniture, or a luxurious bath mat or towel. Sometimes you can just look at an object or feature and imagine how it would feel if you run your hand across it, and it’s that tactile suggestion that can add effortless texture to your space and elevate it from flat and lifeless to depth and dimension.
Tiles are a fantastic way to add texture to your home, with shapes, patterns and designs that can create a sense of movement. You can introduce a small section of texture, such as a splashback or feature wall with contrasting or complementary tiles or paint, or go for the whole area for a really tactile feel.
A really simple and inexpensive way to bring in texture to a room is through soft furnishings such as rugs, throws and plants. This is a great way to enhance the space and add new layers and dimensions.
If you are remodelling a room, you could include wooden shelves, a fireplace or an archway to add texture. A popular bathroom trend is recessed shelves or shower niches that provide clever storage while creating a seamless effect.
TILES FOR TEXTURE
Split Face Tiles
Split face tiles are a popular choice when it comes to beautiful textured walls, and they can be used indoors or outdoors. These tiles are made by joining together strips of natural slate or stone in varying depths, height, and lengths to create a staggered design with a lovely 3D finish. Split face tiles are available in beige, brown, bright white, sophisticated black and multicolour.
Relief tiles have engraved or embossed elements against a background of the same colour, so they provide a lovely contrast against a plain tile in the same range or size. Try white cube effect tiles for a modern, minimal look or patterned relief tiles for extra interest.
The humble metro tile is a simple but effective option when it comes to adding texture. Watercolour style metro tiles give the illusion of depth, and a bevelled edge gives heaps of definition. Then when it comes to layout, a herringbone or basket weave style really pumps up the volume, as does a contrasting grout to highlight the edges of the tile.
Ripple Effect Tiles
Whether you choose a subtle swirl or a prominent whirl, ripple effect tiles will make waves on any wall. Their undulating lines give the effect of gentle movement and refract light around the room. Go for gloss to really make them shine, or a matt finish for a more industrial look.
Popular since Roman times, mosaic tiles bring sparkle and a glamorously textured surface. Mosaic tiles are made from a series of individual glass, stone, porcelain or ceramic attached to a sheet ready to use. Available in hundreds of styles and finishes, they really draw the eye as a feature wall or stunningly shiny floor.
A clever way to give the idea of movement on your walls without too much physical texture is to use multicoloured tiles. The variety of shades within each tile help create a 3D effect that will wow from any angle.
For a textured look that’s totally Moreish, go for Moroccan style tiles. You can recreate the holiday feel outdoors, or a spa effect inside. Available in a range of shades, their intricate designs are ideal for evoking a tactical ambience.
Wood Effect Tiles
Wood effect tiles are an ever-popular choice as they mimic the rustic appeal and texture of wood, without the high maintenance and at a fraction of the price. Alongside traditional timber hues for a natural aesthetic, many shabby chic shades are available to liven up any space.
Have you used tiles to create texture? We’d love to see your projects – email email@example.com or tag us on social media.